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Local spin: Five fresh songs we keep replaying

Stocksmile recently moved away, but they’ll always be locals to us.

Stocksmile, “The Biggest Lie”

The Vegas ex-pats (now living in Vermont) recently covered this cut for A Brief Smile: A Tribute to Elliott Smith. Singer Bobby Meader stays true to the beautiful and heart-wrenching song, adding personal touches that feel hauntingly intimate. All proceeds from the record go to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

No Red Alice, “Still Cursed”

That ringing, catchy-as-hell guitar line and that swift, pummeling punk drumbeat. Crank up the volume and sing along to this summer earworm as singer Sal Giordano bellows, “If home is where the heartbreak lives, I’m packing up and heading West to go find love and happiness away.”

Rayner,“Blurred Limes”

“We’re already living in hell,” the band members chant during a scene from Rayner’s latest video (which also features a cameo from NRA’s Giordano). The lead single off upcoming EP Disasters is a cigarette- and PBR-fueled pop-punk anthem, and thankfully it couldn’t sound any further from that Robin Thicke song.

Indigo Kidd, “Little Bear”

The lo-fi, indie three-piece is currently working on its debut full length, Sad Daze in Happy Valley, but the group’s Sad Daze Summer Demo—especially a new recording of this dancey, nostalgia-ridden cut—should satiate fans until August.

Sabriel, “La Dee”

The soulful singer-songwriter switches things up for her latest single, opting for synths and drum machines in place of her usual cast of live musicians. The result is slinky, hypnotic and slightly reminiscent of Purity Ring. If Sabriel’s 2016 EP established the Las Vegan as a jazz and R&B powerhouse, “La Dee” shows she won’t stop there.

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